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Lesson 24 -
Does Meditation Cure Sickness? (Audio)
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Deep Meditation as an Aid for Neurological Disorders (Audio)
Meditation for Illness and for Going Beyond Illness (Audio)
Date: Tue Dec 2, 2003 3:27pm
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Q: If I am sick, will meditation help me get better?
A: It can, but it is a far better prevention than a cure. As the nervous system becomes
more balanced over time from a regular routine of daily meditation, the body's immune
system functions much more efficiently, and there is far less chance of falling sick.
Other advanced yoga practices we will be discussing here will further enhance the body's
resistance to illness. Balance and purity of body and mind are known to be among the best
defenses against disease. Meditation and other methods of yoga are important contributors.
You could say that good health is a coincident benefit of long-term meditation practice, a
foundation upon which we are building a much greater thing -- enlightenment.
In our western culture, we tend to think in terms of fighting disease when it has come
upon us after months and years of unhealthy living, rather than cultivating a state of
balance within ourselves in advance that will practically nullify the occurrence of
disease. No doubt, achieving good prevention through balanced, healthy living is the best
course of action. But if we get sick, meditation can help us there too. If you are
bedridden, meditate as much as is comfortable, alternating with sleep periods. Be very
relaxed about it, leaning back on a pile of pillows. Meditation will help the healing
process. But do not expect it to be a magic bullet that will instantly correct a situation
that has finally tipped toward sickness after a period of imbalanced living. Instead,
think of working your way back into good daily habits, including meditation, which will
lead to long term balance. Then sickness will be much less of a factor in life.
Of course, sooner or later, these bodies of ours will disintegrate and die. The longer we
have cultivated pure bliss consciousness within, the less overwhelming and confusing will
the transition be. This is the greatest cure of all.
The guru is in you.
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